Orange Gooseberry (Ribes pinetorum)

Shrub
Grossularia pinetorum. (Greene.)Cov.&Britt.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Orange Gooseberry
Ribes pinetorum
Grossulariaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[257]. The fruit has an agreeable gooseberry taste[155, 161], but is densely covered with spines[105]. The fruit is up to 15mm in diameter[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 months cold stratification at between 0 and 5¡c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[113, 164]. Under normal storage conditions the seed can remain viable for 17 years or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 – 15cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[78, 113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year’s growth, preferably with a heel of the previous year’s growth, November to February in a cold frame or sheltered bed outdoors[78, 200].
Easily grown in a moisture retentive but well-drained loamy soil of at least moderate quality[11, 200]. Requires a sunny position[11]. Hardy to about -20c[200]. Plants can harbour a stage of ‘white pine blister rust’, so they should not be grown in the vicinity of pine trees[155]. Another report says that it grows well in the shade of pine trees[182]. Does this species harbour the rust?[K]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
South-western N. America – Arizona, New Mexico.

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